Save the Unimak Wolves from an Aerial Hunt
  • Petitioned Geoffrey Haskett

This petition was delivered to:

Alaska Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Geoffrey Haskett

Save the Unimak Wolves from an Aerial Hunt

    1. Sponsored by

      Defenders of Wildlife

March 2011


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had plans to kill half the wolves on Alaska's Unimak Island, part of a national wildlife refuge, blaming the animals for the decline of the caribou population. The proposal was not only unsustainable, but also cruel -- it included methods like aerial hunting and gassing pups. Nearly 18,000 members joined Defenders of Wildlife in opposing the plan.

The FWS was flooded with opposition during the public comment period on the proposal. The agency has announced that it will not to follow through with killing the wolves, and instead will focus on understanding the underlying causes of the Unimak caribou decline. Defenders representative Theresa Fiorino commented, "This is a good decision for Alaska. When wildlife management is guided by sound science, everybody wins in the long term."

Federal officials at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have proposed killing half the wolves on Alaska's Unimak Island with cruel measures like aerial hunting and gassing pups.

Their justification? Lazy science that says the wolves are leading to a dwindling caribou population.

The suggested plan is an attempt to appease state officials clamoring for predator control at the expense of sound science, and fails to account for other potential causes for the decline in caribou numbers on the island.

With Alaskan officials eager to kill wolves on federal lands beyond Unimak, we need to draw a line in the sand now. These wolves are on federal lands and it is our responsibility to protect them.

Take action before the public comment period closes on January 31 to tell the Alaska Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and WIldlife Service to stop the wolf cull on Unimak Island!

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 17 signatures
    2. Aerial Hunt Targets Unimak Wolves Under Guise of Protecting Caribou

      Alaska’s wolves are being lined up for death again by aerial hunting and gassed dens. The target in this latest round of wolf massacres is the wolves of Unimak Island.
      Why? The Alaska Department of Fish and Game had to restrict bull caribou hunting...


    Reasons for signing

    • Kelly Mattera GILBERT, AZ
      • over 3 years ago

      If you would just let nature takes it's course, it would balance itself. Stop targeting seem to blame them for everything. Loss of cattle, loss of Caribou. What next?

      Please stop aerial hunting and gasing of these magnificent animals. Not only is it cruel and inhumane, it is wrong on so many levels!

      Thank you!

    • Laura Hensley ST. PETERSBURG, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      Stop this cruel practice.

    • Wanda Perry AFTON, WY
      • over 3 years ago

      This is a slaughter, not a hunt....

      • over 3 years ago

      Stop persecuting the wolves & honour their federal protections.

    • Terry Torreance AKRON, OH
      • over 3 years ago

      I come from a hunting family and no kind of aerial hunting should be legal. That is not how real hunters hunt. Real hunters also only eat what they hunt. We don't eat wolves. As a US tax payer I am not for hunting on any federal lands.


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